The first government of Israel formed by David Ben-Gurion on 8 March 1949, a month and a half after the elections for the first Knesset. His Mapai party formed a coalition with the United Religious Front, the Progressive Party, the Sephardim and Oriental Communities and the Democratic List of Nazareth, and there were 12 ministers.
First Ben-Gurion Cabinet
1st Cabinet of Israel
|Date formed||10 March 1949|
|Date dissolved||30 October 1950|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Chaim Weizmann|
|Head of government||David Ben-Gurion|
United Religious Front
Sephardim and Oriental Communities
Democratic List of Nazareth
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
|Opposition leader||Meir Ya'ari|
|Election(s)||1949 Israeli legislative election|
|Legislature term(s)||1st Knesset|
|Predecessor||Provisional cabinet of Israel|
|Successor||2nd cabinet of Israel|
A notable piece of legislation enacted during the term of the first government was an educational law in 1949 which introduced compulsory schooling for all children between the ages of 5 to 14.
Ben-Gurion resigned on 15 October 1950 after the United Religious Front objected to his demands that the Supply and Rationing Ministry be closed and a businessman appointed as Minister for Trade and Industry, as well as issues over education in the new immigrant camps.
- The Challenge Of Israel by Misha Louvish. Publisher: Jerusalem Israel Univ Press; 1st Edition (1968) ASIN: B000OKO5U2.
- Knesset 1: Government 1 Knesset website